Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50 times. What is the value of the digit M?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . .

This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?

Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.

Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?